PHILADELPHIA - It sure will be a tough act to follow. After a successful cross country season that featured the program's first men's All-American in 12 years, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams open the 2014-15 campaign this weekend with the Lehigh Fast Times meet in Bethlehem, Pa.
The meet begins Friday afternoon with several Quakers participating in the multi events, but the majority of the season opener will take place on Saturday. Multiple field events will kick off the meet at 10 a.m., while the sprinters will be the first to hit the track at noon. The men's and women's 4x800 relays will cap the day's competition around 4:30 p.m.
During the indoor season last year, Penn saw 17 new entries to the record book on the women's side and 15 adjustments on the men's side. A pair of Quakers -- Drew Magaha and Gabrielle Piper earned All-Ivy accolades and Maalik Reynolds capped his indoor career with another All-America performance in the high jump.
Last year at this meet,Tom Pittearned a victory in the heptathlon andChad Paynewon the 60 and 200 meters as part of six victories for the men, who won the meet with 39.5 points. The Quakers topped six other schools at the season opener, including host Lehigh, which finished as the runner up with 25.5 points. On the women's side, seven individuals and a relay led to another Penn victory over seven other teams.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com following the conclusion of the meet.